peace vs piece : Common Errors in English

peace or piece

It’s hard to believe many people really confuse the meaning of thesewords; but the spellings are frequently swapped, probably out of sheercarelessness. “Piece” has the word “pie” buried in it, which shouldremind you of the familiar phrase, “a piece of pie.” You can meditate tofind peace of mind, or you can get angry and give someone a piece ofyour mind. Classical scholars will note that pax is the Latin word forpeace, suggesting the need for an “A” in the latter word.
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  • n  the state prevailing during the absence of war
  • n  harmonious relations; freedom from disputes
    the roommates lived in peace together
  • n  the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  • n  the general security of public places
    he was arrested for disturbing the peace
  • n  a treaty to cease hostilities
    peace came on November 11th

  • n  a separate part of a whole
    an important piece of the evidence
  • n  an item that is an instance of some type;
    he designed a new piece of equipment
    she bought a lovely piece of china
  • n  a portion of a natural object
    he needed a piece of granite
  • n  a musical work that has been created
  • n  an instance of some kind
    it was a nice piece of work
  • n  an artistic or literary composition
    he wrote an interesting piece on Iran
    the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests
  • n  a portable gun
  • n  a serving that has been cut from a larger portion
    a piece of pie
  • n  a distance
    it is down the road a piece
  • n  a work of art of some artistic value
    it is not known who created this piece
  • n  a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
    I need to rest for a piece
  • n  a share of something
  • n  game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games
    he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage
  • v  to join or unite the pieces of
  • v  create by putting components or members together
    She pieced a quilt
  • v  join during spinning
    piece the broken pieces of thread, slivers, and rovings
  • v  eat intermittently; take small bites of
    He pieced at the sandwich all morning
  • v  repair by adding pieces
    She pieced the china cup
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